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clean hospitals!!!!!
Posted by hazel
Last Reply March 20, 2007 at 12:26
Started March 19, 2007 at 20:47
dear all,
i spent all day yesterday in royal bolton casualty department with my husband, i must say it is was without a doubt the muckiest place i have been in a long while. the skirting boards looked not only grubby but full of dust and not just a couple of days dust. are there ever proper inspections done i know it was sunday but there was used stuff on the floor like cotten wool with blood on it .i still cant belive after all the hype in the media at the moment things like this are still happening
i would like to add my condolances to josie and her family for the loss of their mum i live near wigan as well but i avoid rae if i can

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Concerned what to do to help a relative
Posted by Lord Piggy
Last Reply March 19, 2007 at 19:39
Started August 15, 2005 at 11:07
I am concerned what to do to help a relative who has contracted MRSA at home, and is not getting good enough treatment (in my opinion) via NHS system. No hospital treatment has been offered and doctors not giving much useful help/advice. He reamins very ill at his home.

1) When patient touches something (food, wood, metal, clothes etc) is that item then contaminated?

2) Is MRSA airborne?

3) How long is incubation period?

4) How should infected wounds be treated? (other than silver)

5) What is best protection when in contact with infected patient?

6) If inanimate objects do carry MRSA, do you need to clean them etc. If so, How? Is it just with anti-bacterial solutions?

Any help/advice and answers to the above questions will be greatly appreciated.

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mrsa on mattress
Posted by Adrian
Last Reply March 19, 2007 at 19:35
Started March 18, 2007 at 21:34
Hello all, my wife had a baby by section and her wound burst open in bed and infected fluid came out onto the mattress.Then we found out she had mrsa.she semms ok now after a stay in hospital.the question is is the stain from fluids on the bed likely to have mrsa on it after 1 week? i would be greatful for any help.

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latest from BBC website
Posted by Rob
Last Reply March 17, 2007 at 22:18
Started February 24, 2005 at 13:02
latest news from BBC new website... "NHS superbug death rate doubles"

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Is this your MP?
Posted by Namer and Shamer
Last Reply March 16, 2007 at 22:56
Started March 16, 2007 at 21:50
All of the MPs listed below defeated an early day motion to bring about significant changes to the healthcare system whereby we would see a turn around back to the 1980s when we had the same Search and Destroy policy they have in the Netherlands. All these people do not believe we should have the same safe standards that everyone can rely on if they fall ill in the Netherlands, in alphabetical order these are the MPs who don't care about us or our loved ones:

Abbott, Ms Diane
Ainger, Nick
Ainsworth, rh Mr. Bob
Allen, Mr. Graham
Anderson, Janet
Armstrong, rh Hilary
Austin, Mr. Ian
Bailey, Mr. Adrian
Baird, Vera
Balls, Ed
Banks, Gordon
Barlow, Ms Celia
Barron, rh Mr. Kevin
Battle, rh John
Bayley, Hugh
Beckett, rh Margaret
Benn, rh Hilary
Benton, Mr. Joe
Berry, Roger
Betts, Mr. Clive
Blackman, Liz
Blackman-Woods, Dr. Roberta
Blears, rh Hazel
Blizzard, Mr. Bob
Blunkett, rh Mr. David
Borrow, Mr. David S.
Bradshaw, Mr. Ben
Brennan, Kevin
Brown, Lyn
Brown, ... read more

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mrsa - preventing cross contamination
Posted by lee
Last Reply March 16, 2007 at 11:33
Started March 16, 2007 at 11:33
recently found a web site for a new company who have developed anti-microbial / biocidal products to help stop cross contamination from door handles and push panels, looks like a brilliant idea as apparently a large portion of infection is due to hand transferance , why are these products not used when so many people are contracting mrsa, surely it would make a big dent in reducing the spread

look for your self

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my mum
Posted by joe
Last Reply March 16, 2007 at 02:56
Started March 14, 2007 at 12:38
please can anyone give me some advice my mum is in hospital in wigan we have been told that she has mrsa and is in a side ward ,we know she does not carry the bug as all her pre op swabs came back clear ,she is very poorly and we have been told to expect the worse ,we are sick with worry i want to put in a complaint now but my sister wants to wait to see what the outcome will be , as the oldest i am my mums next of kin my dad died a few years ago, should i go ahead with a complaint or wait like my sister says
please help if you can

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Why does healthcare commision take so long
Posted by sharon
Last Reply March 14, 2007 at 23:45
Started March 14, 2007
My dear mum died in agony in Blackpool Victoria Hospital 15 months ago. She had an emergency double bilateral leg amputation (horrific enough) and then contracted mrsa through the abysmal hygiene practices at the hospital. She had started to make a recovery and then caught mrsa. She was nursed on an open ward, was treated worse than anyone with any compassion would treat an animal. She was ignored when she cried out in agonising pain, was confused - her whole body became septic. She was not even afforded the basic need of palliative care whilst waiting to die, dripping with sweat they would not allow her a fan to cool her (because of infection risk to other patients), yet could not afford her the dignity of a side ward.She was left in the hands of nursing staff who simply didn't care enough to make the effort for her, the hospice staff were not available untill Monday 9am (this was friday at 6pm). The hospital denied at first that she had contracted mrsa in her leg wounds and then a... read more

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Posted by GUJ
Last Reply March 14, 2007 at 11:54
Started June 26, 2006 at 13:54
Hi All
Just a quick update on things....Had a call from the police with regards to my dads "falsified" DC.They have a meeting with the CPS lawyers at 9am this friday...Sooooo,fingers crossed that the CPS will find the courage to take action against the hospital!!!....
Take Care All

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Newly contracted MRSA
Posted by W Kelly
Last Reply March 13, 2007 at 15:55
Started February 18, 2007 at 21:43
Hi All, Looking for some advise. I am just out of hospital after getting a hernia repair following a gallbladder operation last year. On my discharge letter it stated I had contracted MRSA. I was only told I had an infection when I was still in hospital.

I was originally on vancomycin (apologies for the spelling - hope you know what I am talking about) through a drip. It was then decided I was well enough to come home with antibiotics called DOXYCYCLINE which are making me ill every evening I take them but I am persevering.

Has anyone heard of these and are they an effective cure? I have a friend who has open sores from breast cancer and chemo and the district nurse we share has asked me to stay away which I will do for her health.

Any advice would be gratefully received as I am lost as to where to go next.


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Posted by steph
Last Reply March 13, 2007 at 02:48
Started March 12, 2007 at 23:28
Just a thought...
A friend of mine had a knee op and took the homeopathic remedy 'arnica' in pillule form. It aids tissue repair. The nurses looking after him said they'd never seen a wound heal so fast and with so little redness or bruising.

The sooner the wound heals, the less chance of infection.

I bought some homeopathic remedies from Helios Pharmacy tel 01892 536393 (for my dog!) and it was only about £5 including postage and arrived the following day. They will advise as to what dose you would need.

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Activated Oxygen
Posted by Jay C
Last Reply March 12, 2007 at 22:57
Started March 12, 2007 at 22:57
Has anyone tried this treatment as it is advertised? Does it work? We are desperate as yet another major operation looms - as a result of infected wounds from the last operation.

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Posted by jean
Last Reply March 12, 2007 at 22:28
Started March 12, 2007 at 21:22
okay so in december i was diagnosed with the mrsa virus, and since have been fine. i just found out today that it has colonized in my nose. what does this mean? it will be weeks before i can see a specialist and like a lot of others this just takes a huge toll on my body physically and mentaly. i feel like i just cant wait that long to get answers, everyday is a struggle emotionally. any answers?

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Guidelines from HPA
Posted by a concerned health worker
Last Reply March 11, 2007 at 17:53
Started March 11, 2007 at 15:08
For information about MRSA/C.diff look at the Health protection Agency website, especially the Standard operating procedures. It's a bit technical but gives a background to the bacteria and recommends how investigations should be carried out eg how specimens should be collected etc. You may find it useful. i may be able to answer any queries you have about the info it contains.
BSOP10 and 29 will be especially of interest.

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Please help us, our baby died x
Posted by Davina Greer
Last Reply March 11, 2007 at 15:59
Started March 9, 2007 at 12:19
Can anybody tell me anything about MRSE? We had never heard of this before until researching it. It appears in articles very often with MRSA. One of our triplets died in Aug 06 of Staphylococcal Epidermis after being treated for about 10 days with every type of antibiotic they had, and even some trial ones. We have since researched this and we believe he had the Methicillan Resistant strain, therefore MRSE. Now what do we do with this information, no procedures were followed at the time, such as wearing of gowns and cloves, which we have since discovered is what should happen. We chose not to have a post mortem at the time. We are in the process of getting his notes. Please help us, where do we go from here? We feel we have been mislead as at the time the Doctors told us it was just one of those things with premature babies, that he didn't respond to the treatment. So if he hadn't of been cared for in this hospital he might never have gotten this deadly infection. (we were transferr... read more

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HPA findings
Posted by Bev
Last Reply March 10, 2007 at 16:07
Started September 14, 2005 at 10:40
Europe's super-bug problem


Hospitals which make heavy use of antibiotics are among those most likely to be plagued by MRSA infection, according to new findings.

Two kinds of antibiotic in particular, macrolides and third generation cephalosporins, seem to trigger the spread of MRSA, according to research coordinated by Britain’s Health Protection Agency.

Some 300 hospitals across Europe were studied for the research, reported to the HPA’s annual conference at Warwick University.

The study, known as ARPAC or Antibiotic Resistance, Prevention And Control Project, also confirmed that having good infection control measures helped to limit the spread of MRSA.

These included the screening of staff for infection, controlled wearing of gowns and gloves and the use of alcohol-based disinfectants.

Professor Barry Cookson, who helped run the project for the HPA, said: "
"In addition ... read more

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Posted by sarah
Last Reply March 8, 2007 at 16:55
Started March 7, 2007 at 13:35
hi am doin a project in college on mrsa and i am wondering if you have to have a specific diet or take any kind of vitimins to help recover? could u answer and let me know please

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To Derek
Posted by Rita
Last Reply March 8, 2007 at 01:01
Started March 6, 2007 at 08:33
Finally after 2 years the HCC have upheld our complaint against Basildon Hospital but unfortunately we feel completely let down. Yes, it is a good result after all our hard work but we still do not have any answers as to why things happened or did not happen as the case maybe. Three weeks after my husband died we were told he died of cardiac arrest brought on by an infection contracted on the ward. We know he had MRSA in bed sores - he did not have bed sores when he went in - but we are now being told that he was only colonised it was not in his bloodstream as far as his records show??? The death certificate states non-hodgkins lymphoma and we were told by the same doctor that told us he died of infection that this was technically incorrect. Yes he was seriously ill because with a diagnosis of an agressive form of cancer he was left for nearly a month without any treatment for this. With the type he had I do not believe that he would have made the 2 year survival rate let alone... read more

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Your ideas for MRSA publicity and action.
Posted by MattS
Last Reply March 5, 2007 at 19:43
Started February 2, 2007 at 08:13
To: All Around The World

I would like to know about your ideas for how to give governments, pharmaceutical companies, and medical associations no other option but to actually see MRSA, and what will inevitably happen to their own children and grand-children if they do nothing. Not ideas on how to punish (that's the easy part) but, how to put a camera in someones face, and ask the really hard questions nobody wants to take the blame for answering accurately. How do we embarrass, harrass, bother, or otherwise act unpleasently to publically get the message across that MRSA is here, now and that positive action on their part is a requirement, not an option. I will interested to see what everyone comes up with!!

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Posted by john.j
Last Reply March 5, 2007
Started February 14, 2007 at 22:51
I reason to suspect that mrsa results are in one way or another being minipulate,taken a swob when the area is dry and after it has been washed in antibacterial wash. This will result in the swob report being negative.The patient is then told that they no longer have mrsa.How does one get too the truth?Obviously they know what they are doing or have been told by some one in authority when to take the swob knowing full well what the results will be.

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